6/17/2010 Gateway-SCSS Street Car Shootout RESULTS!

Bret Kepner

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Apr 1, 2004

These results reflect the record holders, qualifiers, and final round contestants at each of the
Street Car Shootout Series events held in conjunction with the NHRA Drags Street Legal Style presented by the American Automobile Association each Tuesday at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois.

All vehicles compete utilizing Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) approved tires. All other modifications are permitted. Tuesday SCSS Track Records can be set during the two official qualifying or championship rounds. The first official Street Car Shootout qualifying period begins at 6:00 PM with sessions continuing until 9:00 PM, (barring unforeseen circumstances). At 9:20 PM, the four quickest qualifiers meet in no-handicap eliminations advancing two winners to the championship final round. Each of the Top 16 qualifiers receives a "Fastest Street Car Qualifier" decal. The SCSS trophies and decals are presented by Gateway Raceway.com. Additionally, the two quickest Sport Tuner drivers, (open to all passenger cars except Rear-Wheel-Drive vehicles with engines of eight cylinders or more), also meet in a no-handicap championship round for trophies presented by St. Louis Street Racers.com and the two quickest Super Truck drivers, (open to all trucks and utility vehicles), meet in a no-handicap championship round for trophies presented by St. Louis Drag Racing.com. All finalists in all categories also receive free digital images from the event courtesy of Bret Kepner Photos.com and one free entry to a future SCSS event.



Class Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine ET MPH Date
RWD Steve George, Arnold, MO 71 Nova 634 Chevy 7.648 03/30/2010
RWD Mark Woodruff, Arnold, MO 67 Corvette 565 Chevy 186.61 04/20/2010

TRK Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy 8.881 09/15/2009
TRK Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy 150.73 09/15/2009

4CYL Jon Huber, St. Louis, MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 9.039 10/14/2008
4CYL Jon Huber, St. Louis, MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 152.16 10/16/2007

6CYL Tony Shoaff, Mechanicsburg, IL 87 Regal 231 Buick 9.667 10/06/2009
6CYL Tony Shoaff, Mechanicsburg, IL 87 Regal 231 Buick 139.63 10/06/2009

DSL Chris Calkins, Union, MO 70 C-10 403 Chevy 9.875 9/25/2007
DSL Chris Calkins, Union, MO 70 C-10 403 Chevy 139.41 9/25/2007

RTY Eric Cheatham, Belleville, IL 93 RX-7 79 Mazda 10.048 9/26/2006
RTY Eric Cheatham, Belleville, IL 93 RX-7 79 Mazda 137.95 9/26/2006

AWD Adnan Omerovic, St. Louis, MO 95 Talon 122 Eagle 10.234 9/11/2007
AWD Adnan Omerovic, St. Louis, MO 95 Talon 122 Eagle 141.50 7/22/2008

FWD Adam Corbitt, St. Charles, MO 85 Golf 123 Volks 10.989 05/06/2008
FWD Adam Corbitt, St. Charles, MO 85 Golf 123 Volks 134.87 05/06/2008

Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine ET MPH Date

EVENT 12 06/17/2010

1 Daryl Jauernig St. Genevieve MO 89 Mustang 351 Ford 8.602 160.54
2 Tim Mallicoat, Jr. Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy 8.735 157.98
3 Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 555 Chevy 9.074 154.09
4 Tom Bantle, Jr. Lemay MO 92 Mustang 427 Ford 9.134 153.07
5 Tim Kirkpatrick Troy MO 88 Mustang 393 Ford 9.428 146.62
6 John Manno St. Louis MO 65 Mustang 417 Ford 9.556 152.97
7 Vincent Heuer Granite City IL 69 Corvette 468 Chevy 10.381 125.61
8 Corey Stephens Wentzville MO 88 Mustang 372 Ford 10.457 101.51
9 Greg Boschert St. Louis MO 66 Mustang 333 Ford 11.006 124.28
10 Rodney Singleton Brighton IL 78 Firebird 400 Pont 11.262 119.97
11 Dave Steck Ballwin MO 06 Corvette 364 Chevy 11.433 129.78
12 Ryan Hellrung O'Fallon MO 71 Nova 496 Chevy 11.450 129.44
13 Andrew Rhodes Hannibal MO 82 S-10 406 Chevy 11.573 117.05
14 Gary Lewis St. Ann MO 69 Skylark 455 Buick 11.628 116.33
15 Thomas D'Allessio Glendon PA 03 Mustang 281 Ford 11.990 117.87
16 Michael Thompson St. Louis MO 79 Malibu 350 Chevy 12.057 112.25


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Tim Mallicoat, Jr., Collinsville, IL 1968 565 Camaro 0.334 31.251 38.25
RU Ray Arthur, Edwardsville, IL 1967 555 Camaro Could Not Appear

Tim Mallicoat, Junior, whose father is the winningest driver in series history, finally scored his first event title in the Street Car Shootout Series held in conjunction with the NHRA Drags Street Legal Style presented by the American Automobile Association at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Mallicoat, at the helm of the three-time season championship-winning M&M Automotive/Dale Huff Motorsports “Hellraiser” ‘68 Camaro, earned his team‘s first victory of the season in a battle which included rampant carnage and saw Mallicoat cruise to the winner’s circle with the slowest elapsed time in SCSS history. In fact, the event almost had no winner!

For a third consecutive week, weather conditions were anything but enticing. Rain washed out the traditional Tuesday night event and the twelfth event in the series was completed on Thursday evening. As in the previous sixteen days, the temperature was near ninety degrees when gates opened and barely touched the seventies by the end of the program. Humidity levels approached the ridiculous, (86% during the final rounds), and the track surface temperature ranged from 133 to 92 degrees! The corrected elevation started at 2616 feet above sea level and never got better than 1950 feet.

The event started with a wild ride for Jeff Cannon’s 540 cubic-inch yellow 1969 Chevelle. During the first qualifying session on a blazing surface in the worst “air” of the event, Cannon’s low ten-second Chevy launched relatively well but dumped liquid under the left rear tire at half-track and went into a wild sideways slide at one hundred miles per hour! Cannon held on as the car crossed lanes and barely tagged the right-side wall. Cannon was uninjured and his machine suffered only superficial damage.

In fact, Rodney Singleton’s 400 cubic-inch silver ‘78 Firebird led the Super Sixteen field all the way to the third qualifying session with an 11.26-second, 119.97 mph effort as most of the more powerful entries waiting for some decrease in track temperature. It was current SCSS point championship leader Daryl Jauernig who decided to test the waters first with his Mustang Muscle/Matheis Race Cars nitrous oxide-injected smallblock Ford-powered ’89 Mustang, (back on 315 series D.O.T. rear rubber), and, after a cautious 1.35-second elapsed time for the first sixty feet, suffered tire spin one hundred feet after the launch and was forced to feather the throttle to a 9.22 at 152.36 mph. Tom Bantle launched his refurbished black ’92 Mustang with a fantastic 0.003 Reaction Time and the turbocharged 400-inch Ford produced a tremendous 9.40/153.07 career-best pass. John Manno, whose renowned bronze ’65 Mustang coupe is a regular contender in other GIR programs, made his first qualifying attempt at an SCSS event and pounded out a 9.55/152.97 best-ever with his turbo’d 417-inch smallblock Ford.

As the sun headed for the horizon, the “big cars” came out and the qualified order was reshuffled with almost every pair. Mallicoat made his first and only qualifying attempt. With his father, forty-three time SCSS winner “Moose” Mallicoat supervising, the eighteen year-old launched with a tremendous 1.28-second “sixty” and rocketed to an 8.73/157.98 to steal the pole position from Jauernig. Tim “Kirko” Kirkpatrick returned from his wild ride of two weeks ago to push his green turbo’d 393-inch ‘88 Mustang to a run only five hundredths of a second slower than his best pass clocking a 9.42/146.62. In the very next pair, Ray Arthur‘s nitrous oxide-injected 555 cubic-inch ”Suspicion” ’67 Camaro posted a 9.07 at a near-best speed of 154.09 mph. At the very end of the fourth qualifying session, Jauernig returned with cooler conditions and a better track surface for his nitrous Mustang. Leaving the line with a fabulous 1.26-second “sixty”, Jauernig never wavered en route to a stout 8.60/160.54 to secure the low qualifying spot. At that point, most teams were satisfied to stand pat with their best runs and the only significant change in the final qualifying session came from Bantle’s black beauty which improved from a 6.17/120.92 eighth-mile to a 5.83/123.78 (!) and then shut-off early to a 9.13 at a coasting 132.18!

All four top qualifiers reported in front of the main grandstands for the opening round of eliminations and that’s when things went south. The opening match was scheduled to include Jauernig’s point-leading Mustang against his closest rival in the season championship, Ray Arthur. However, just as the Ford pilot was given the signal to “fire up”, he noticed a problem under the hood which needed to be rectified. Jauernig jumped out of his black Mustang to effect repairs but, with his opponent already fired up, simply ran out of time to enact the fix. Arthur was sent on a 9.24/148.79 single run for the victory but the Chevy pilot’s problems were just starting. As he made the turn-off at the top end of the track, Arthur watched nervously as his oil pressure gauge needle fluttered between “little” and “nothing” and he immediately shut the car down and coasted to a stop to wait for his crew rather than drive the car back to the pits. Meanwhile, young Mallicoat watched as Bantle first redlighted by thirty-six thousandths of a second and then simply “blew the tires off” in a futile attempt to find traction. The naturally-aspirated 565-inch ”Hellraiser“ Chevy put up an 8.72/157.91 to Bantle’s 11.14/90.99 but the fun didn’t end there. As Mallicoat turned off the track, Arthur, (still awaiting his crew), noticed a plume of smoke from under the black Camaro. “I bent down to look under the car for oil and realized Moose’s car was on fire!”, related Arthur after the run. “I told the kid to get out of there and he yelled that he thought something was wrong because his feet got really hot! In between me laughing and him hopping around on the top end, we got the fire out. It ended up just doing a little bit of fiberglass damage to the fender”.

After being towed to the pits, Arthur immediately walked out in front of the crowd and told Mallicoat the ”Suspicion” Camaro was out of the show. “No way am I going to run my car now, Moose”, said Arthur, “so just go up there and make your single for the win”. As easy as it sounded, it looked like an impossible task. Mallicoat surmised a drain on the power system had caused the electric fuel pump to slow down which, in turn, caused the engine to “run lean”. The senior Mallicoat admitted, “The spark plugs look bad”, and, when he went to start the engine to check the voltage in the system, the motor refused to crank at all! At that point, Mallicoat went to GIR chief starter Chuck Westcoat and asked for a clarification of the rules for staging the car. “Chuck told us that we could push it to the line real close to the staging beam but the car has to actually stage under its own power”, said “Moose” after the meeting and, after discussing it with his son, decided to use the starter motor in the car to move forward and stage, a trick occasionally used in Pro Stock racing. However, Arthur was aware this method might still not produce a winner and posed the question, “What if?”. Mallicoat replied, “Let’s just wait and see if this works”.

A few minutes later, Tim Mallicoat was pushed to the starting line and, when the crew had removed their hands from the car, all held their breath to see if the car could be staged. Incredibly, when the young Mallicoat hit the starter, the 565-inch big block came to life and he was able to stage the machine and idle down the track to his first event title in 31.25 seconds! Although it was Tim’s first SCSS title as a driver, he’d previously won in GIR’s High School Eliminator and has appeared in multiple final Super Truck Showdown final rounds since earning his driver’s license. Tim summed up the evening with the statement, “It’s not really how I hoped to win it but….what a night, huh?”.

NOTES FROM THE SCSS: One of the event‘s biggest shockers came from Vince Heuer and his 468-inch yellow ’69 Corvette Stingray which just missed its career-best while qualifying with a strong 10.38/125.61. However, Heuer came back for a timed trial after the official qualifying sessions had concluded and, for the first time ever, the ‘Vette didn’t spin, bog, cough or stumble. The result was an incredible 9.68 at 131.14 mph which proves the car can be an SCSS contender from here on…Michael Thompson’s all-black ‘79 350 Malibu has come close to qualifying in the Super Sixteen on multiple occasions but the unsuspecting Chevy, a true “sleeper”, finally made the show on the bump spot at 12.05/112.25. Moreover, he came back in late timed trials and posted an 11.98/112.79!…Corey Stephens qualified for the program again in his blue Fessler Racing Engines/Midwest Trailers/FueLab Digital Fuel Delivery 372-inch smallblock Ford ‘88 Mustang but, after a sub-par 10.45 at only 101.51 mph, came back in late timed trials to produce a near career-best 9.70/139.76. Stephens completed his official NHRA Competition License runs, too…Greg “Hook ’n Ladder” Boschert qualified his nitrous-injected 333-inch smallblock Ford-powered white ’66 Mustang coupe ninth, (again), with an 11.00/124.28 on eight-inch-wide D.O.T. rear rubber…After two runners-up this season in the Super Truck Showdown with his show-quality 2002 Silverado, Ryan Hellrung finally debuted his supercharged 496-inch red ‘71 Nova and, despite major fuel delivery and electrical problems throughout the evening, still managed to make the field with an 11.45/129.44 while becoming the two hundred seventy-seventh member of the SCSS 120 MPH Club. The Chevy really is a “show car” but Ryan wants it to run with the big dogs and, so far, it’s not even close to “right” but still made power…Thomas D’Alessio earned his first Fastest Street Car Qualifier decal by putting his 2003 four-valve 281-powered Mustang Cobra into the field with a best-ever 11.99/117.87...Tim “Kirko” Kirkpatrick and his newly-turbocharged 393-inch ‘88 Mustang just missed qualifying in the top four with a 9.42/146.62 but he made up for it with a late timed trial which produced his best run ever, a great 9.30 at a booming 153.25 mph...Tom Bantle’s qualifying run of 9.40/153.07 made him the thirtieth member of the SCSS 150 MPH Club. Bantle has raced a tremendous variety of machines over the years; he first qualified for an SCSS field on October 5th, 2004!…John “Book ‘Em” Manno has competed in the Outlaw All Stars and the Battle of the Boards at GIR but qualified for his first SCSS field in style; his turbocharged ‘65 Mustang became the thirty-first member of the 150 MPH Club and the sixty-seventh inductee into the 9-Second Club…The original “Mr. Nice Guy“, Dave Steck, pushed his sleek blue 2006 Corvette to an 11.43 at a whopping 129.78 mph to become 120 MPH Club member number two hundred seventy-six…Eighteen year-old Gary Lewis has thrashed all year on the black ‘69 Buick Skylark once campaigned by his father and has struggled to get the naturally-aspirated 455 Buick-powered classic into the mid-twelves. Something changed, though, after the High School Eliminator racer lost in the first round of HS compeition running 12.40/110.04. Lewis came back during SCSS qualifying and unloaded an 11.62/116.33 to not only earn a Fastest Street Car Qualifier decal but stun an awful lot of people…Speaking of which, Derek Allen from Waterloo (IL) High took his ‘84 355 Cutlass to a second straight victory in High School Eliminator and now leads the point championship after defeating Cheyenne Bittle in her new 340-powered ‘71 Dodge Dart racing for Belleville (IL) West High. Competition in the HS division was absolutely brutal; Allen had a “dead-on with a zero” in the semi-finals and Bittle had a 0.001 RT in round one and an incredible 0.008 “package” in the other half of the semis!…Remember the completely revised 2010 Gateway International Raceway Rules and Regulations are available at St. Louis Drag Racing.com by clicking HERE.

2010 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS (Top 10 of 95 contenders as of JUNE 18th, 2010)

Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine

1 (76) Daryl Jauernig St. Genevieve MO 89 Mustang 351 Ford
2 (66) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 555 Chevy
3 (61) Corey Stephens Wentzville MO 88 Mustang 372 Ford
4 (35) Andrew Rhodes Hannibal MO 82 S-10 406 Chevy
5 (35) Greg Boschert St. Louis MO 66 Mustang 333 Ford
6 (33) Shane Cochran St. Louis MO 71 Camaro 509 Chevy
7 (30) Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy
8 (29) Tim Mallicoat, Jr. Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy
9 (27) Orson Johnson House Springs MO 99 Mustang 281 Ford
10 (25) Philip Carl Winfield MO 91 Mustang 302 Ford

NOTE: Points toward the 2010 Street Car Shootout Series Season Championship are awarded on the basis of five (5) points for qualifying in the Super Sixteen field with one (1) bonus point awarded for qualifying in the top four positions. One (1) additional point is earned for each round win during eliminations. Ties are broken by (1) the earliest date upon which the final point total is earned, (2) quickest elapsed time recorded during the current SCSS season and (3) fastest speed recorded during the current SCSS season.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Aaron Niggli, Highland, IL 2006 122 Cobalt 0.249 14.962 97.05
RU Dylan Seger, Highland, IL 2002 213 Maxima 0.128 15.637 88.24

The St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown has produced a tremendous number of first-time finalists in 2010 and the Chevy Cobalt has become one of the most dominant models in competition thanks to a victory by another newcomer to the winner‘s circle, Aaron Niggli.

After Michael Zeller’s first-ever win at the wheel of a turbocharged 2009 version on June 1st and Brian Wallace’s runner-up on June 10th, (when Anthony Samsel earned his first title at the helm of a 2008 MazdaSpeed coupe), Niggli took his “old school” supercharged EcoTec-powered red 2006 Cobalt to the podium for a third consecutive Cobalt final round appearance. Sean Kenndy’s turbocharged 231-inch V6-motivated black ’87 Buick Grand National led the field with a career-best 12.22 elapsed time at 109.40 mph followed by nineteen-time Sport Tuner finalist Dan Harris in his nitrous-aided 232-inch V6-powered 2004 Mustang sponsored by Memory Lane Customizing at 12.34 and a best-ever 113.09 mph.

However, neither Kennedy nor Harris was able to report for the final round of competition and even first alternate Ed Morton’s 2009 Nissan 350Z didn’t respond so Niggli and his good friend, Dylan Seger, were inserted as alternates for the championship battle. Both hail from Highland, Illinois, and both are Highland High School alumni. Although Niggli qualified with a best of 14.82/98.27, his Cobalt slowed and Seger grabbed a holeshot of twelve hundredths of a second in the trophy dash. Seger’s bone-stock Nissan Maxima led until the four hundred feet mark when the Cobalt marched past for a 14.96/97.05 to 15.63/88.24 win.

“It’s really nothing special”, said Niggli about his Cobalt during trophy presentations in front of the main grandstands. “It has a GM Peformance exhaust header and a little bit of a tune but it is still mostly stock. I knew the Cobalts were doing well the past few weeks but I didn’t expect to be getting the trophy tonight. The car was really consistent and that helped win it more than anything”.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Andrew Rhodes, Hannibal, MO 1982 406 S-10 0.447 10.663 130.27
RU Jimmy Price, Godfrey, IL 1984 455 El Camino 0.005 12.346 108.70

Andy Rhodes encountered another bump in the road to what is already a great season when, during the June 10th event, his gorgeous maroon and silver ‘82 S-10 fell to, of all things, a flat tire in the pits. He quickly returned to his previous pace, however, to win his fourth title of 2010 in the St. Louis Drag Racing.com Super Truck Showdown.

Rhodes ran without nitrous oxide injection through the qualifying rounds when it appeared his early 11.57/117.05 was enough to stay ahead of second qualifier Jimmy Price, who was returning to competition with his unique 464 cubic inch Buick-powered ‘84 El Camino. Price debuted a new paint scheme and a new tuning combination to qualify with a 12.39/108.57. Unfortunately for Price, those numbers came on his first effort in the worst conditions of the event and, as the “air” improved, his El Camino slowed on every pass. “I’ve finally decided to go back to what I know”, said Price before the final round with Rhodes. “I changed to a different temperature spark plug and it should come right back to where it was”. Meanwhile, Rhodes used timed trials after qualifying ended to verify the new fuel he was using was conducive to his nitrous set-up and ran an impressive 10.40/130.36 before the final. In the title bout, Price’s El Camino did, indeed, clock its best run of the night at 12.34/108.70 and the run was initiated by a brilliant 0.005 Reaction Time. However, Rhodes chose to “spray” on the pass and, even after a staging miscue which caused him to leave the line at a dead idle, shot past Price just before the 330-feet mark to a 10.66/130.27 for another victory in his fifth final round of the season. “The flat tire last week was just one of those things you never expect”, said Rhodes while accepting his fifth winner’s trophy of the year. “This week, things were a little more predictable and, actually, the 10.40 was quicker than we expected to run in this air. It was a good night!”.

Photos of the June 17th Street Car Shootout Series event are now available for viewing at Bret Kepner Photos.com.


Tim “Little Moose” Mallicoat, Jr., Collinsville, IL 1968 565 Camaro


Ray Arthur, Edwardsville, IL 1967 555 Camaro


Aaron Niggli, Highland, IL 2006 122 Cobalt


Dylan Seger, Highland, IL 2002 213 Maxima


Andrew Rhodes, Hannibal, MO 1982 406 S-10


Jimmy Price, Godfrey, IL 1984 464 El Camino